It’s been a tough Christmas run in for the Lakesiders facing league leaders Connah’s Quay back to back on Boxing Day and New Years Day.
We caught up with centre half Anthony Miley about Town’s festive fixtures, being at Bala Town and preview Saturday’s trip to Met.
“We were aware we had a tough Christmas head to head playing against Connah’s Quay the league leaders, you always know it will always be a hard competitive game. I thought we started the game on Boxing Day brilliantly coming out of the traps and put them on the back foot right away” Anthony explained when asked about Boxing Day’s game.
“We got an early goal through pressing high and a nice finish from Smig (Sean Smith) which was followed by a quick fire second. We could of extended the lead through the penalty but was then pegged back 10 minutes before half time. I thought we was unlucky not to go in at the break more than 2-1. Second half we dug in and knew we had to defend well which we did and looked dangerous going the other way to extend the lead. I thought we was excellent overall on the day.”
Miley elaborated “New Years Day seemed to be a different story, I thought we didn’t start the game as well as we did Boxing Day and let them come into their own a bit. They started the better putting us under a lot of pressure early on which you know they are going to do. We conceded a sloppy first goal which we know we could of done better with. We got back into the game through Henry’s goal and thought we would kick on from there however not to be as conceded another poor goal just before the break. Second half was more of the same, we conceded some poor goals again and didn’t do enough to get back in the game at the other end.”
Anthony has enjoyed a good run in the side as of late and seem to be growing in confidence and was named Man of the Match on Boxing Day. Anthony tells us he has settled in well at Maes Tegid and enjoys the family environment at the Club.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time so far, it was easy to settle in as i already knew some of the players quite well and was familiar with a lot of faces so settling in was not a problem” he said.
“We’ve got a great set of staff and players at the club who all get on well with one another which you can see from the constant laughing between all. You can see its a family run club which also helps the settling in process’ as there’s a lot of friendly faces around on match days”.
Regardless of their loss at Deeside last time out, Town secured their top six spot with plenty of games to spare so what fresh targets have the Bala squad set themselves for their final two matches in phase one?
“The aim remains the same for the final two games before the split, we want to win every game in which we play in. We know we must apply ourselves the way we can to get two wins from the next two games before we go into the second half of the season.”
He continued “As for the second half of season we know it’ll be a tough 10 games but we are confident as a group if we apply ourselves correctly and like we’ve shown at times this season we can beat anyone in this league. We want to finish as high as possible and push the league leaders as close as possible, the second half of the season gives us a chance to do so.”
Our final away game prior to the league split is this Saturday away at Cardiff Met who comfortably won 3-0 at home against Barry Town United on New Years Eve. Miley explains that Bala need to be wary of their opponents.
“We know what to expect from Cardiff Met, they are always a young, enthusiastic team with a lot of quality, its always a tough place to go. They’ll be hoping to follow on from their good win against Barry New Years Eve so we know we’ll have to be at our best to get all three points on Saturday” he concluded.
The Lakesiders are away at Cardiff Met on Saturday afternoon – kickoff 2.30p.m. at Cyncoed Campus.